Look into CBT instead of meds man. Buy this book, do the exercises : https://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-New-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336
No shit, it's helped me a lot in life. You're probably thinking exactly what I thought ' Man.. I ain't on some self help book shit, wtf is this? You think a book can help me? I've been tryna fix this forever. Please!'
Trust me dude. I've struggled with all sorts over the years and most of the time what it comes down to is the way you think about things and your thought processes. Your mind automatically thinks one way - negatively. It avoids things rather than facing them which reinforces the things you're trying to avoid. So much shit - the mind is fucking crazy man, scarily so. When it starts working against you instead of with you it can be one of the worst things in the world, believe.
The good news is that you can train your mind and re-wire the brain, derail the usual thought processes and build new tracks that leads to normalville, sometimes even happyville.
I know it sound ridiculous or like useless self-helpy bullshit, but trust me man, CBT. Get the book, do the exercises, however silly they may seem. Rewire your shit.
There are a lot of good recommendations here.
Have you read this classic CBT book? You can get it from a library today while you wait for treatment:
DO NOT KILL YOURSELF. Whatever misery you're experiencing is temporary. Suicide is permanent. Let God love you right now. Stay in touch with this community. Can you talk to a friend? A pastor?
Also, this book may help:
If you are interested in self help, give Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns a shot.
My wife deals with high anxiety and depression and the tools in this book helps her and helps me understand how she is feeling. Its even allowed me to help identify the thought patterns she falls into, which allows me to help her by pointing them out and suggesting she adjust her thought process. I would suggest your husband read it as well.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
I can not recommend this one enough. Really. https://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-New-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380810336
Is this the Feeling Good book you’re referring to? I keep seeing it mentioned all over and want to buy it, just want to make sure I’m getting the right one first.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy https://www.amazon.com/dp/0380810336/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_-J0nDbH5BQWE2
Try building some self-esteem. Read this book:
Read this classic book:
Read this classic self-help book.
Tell her that whatever problem she's having, "this too, shall pass."
And buy her this book or get it at the library for her:
First of all, don't try to kill yourself. Repeat to yourself that "this too, shall pass." You will feel better, it's only a matter of time. Keep focusing on your studies.
Try do to these 5 things every day. Your depression get much better within 4 weeks and you can do these for the rest of your life.
1.) Read the book "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns. You can get it at a library or on Amazon.com. It's a classic self help book that's based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
2.) Live in the present moment. Train yourself to do this when your mind wanders.
3.) Meditate. You can join a meditation class probably.
4.) Exercise. Try to do 30 minutes 5 days a week. Try something that makes you break a sweat.
5.) Get a religion and pray. Pick what you grew up in or your Grandparents practiced.
Good luck and let me know if I can do anything to help!
First, you have to get comfortable being alone. Being alone all depends on how you look at it.
There are huge benefits to being alone; you can do whatever you want whenever you want, no drama, no one takes your stuff, no one nags, you, etc., etc.
I've researched some scientifically proven life-long strategies you can use to overcome anxiety and depression and you can do these for life.
1.) Read the book "Feeling Good" by Dr. David Burns. It's a classic self-help book. 70% of the people that read it are cured of their depression within a month. Or you can try cognitive behavioral therapy. Read the book first.
2.) Train yourself to live in the present moment. When your mind wanders and you start thinking negative thoughts, bring it back to the present moment.
3.) Pray and practice a religion. It's been scientifically proven that this greatly helps with depression.
4.) Exercise everyday. Do something that you can build a sweat. Maybe take off one day a week but try to exercise at least 30 minutes a day.
5.) Meditate. Download the free "Insight timer" app or listen YouTube videos of ocean sounds. This helps build gray matter in your brain which helps fight depression.
Do these things everyday and then catch up with me during the summer and let me know how you feel. I guarantee you'll feel a lot better.
Religion is for people looking for a righteous way to Heaven.
Spirituality is for those who have been to Hell. And do not wish to go beck.
We're a pretty spiritual bunch in SD, overall. Humility's not too hard to find among a bunch of folks who have taken hammers to their own clay feet in front of witnesses.
I heard a joke that could be every alky in the world: A man is walking along a road and he sees a guy on the side of the road, hitting himself in the head with a hammer, crying for a minute, and then hitting himself in the head again, crying, etc. So the passer-by walks over to the man and just as he's about to hit himself in the head with the hammer again, asks, "Why do you do that?" And the man with the hammer looked surprised and said, " 'Cause it feels so good when I stop!".
For anyone who has been daily drinking for any period of time, I recommend checking out a book recommended to me by my therapist. A book that got me off anti-depressants for good in ~nine months. You know the expression 'It felt like a weight had been lifted..."? Yeah, after the first fifty pages, I had that feeling. I learned things I use to this day to prevent depression. It's been in print for over twenty years. I link it this way so people can read the ratings and reviews. Dr. Burns' book has been in print continuously for over twenty years, so it's almost definitely in your local library.
I despise self-help books. IME, there are two types: "Use techniques, methods, tech, local knowledge, whatever - not available to the general public. Profit!" or the alternative, "First, lift yourself up by the hair".
Dr. Burns' book is different. No jargon, no websites, just some honest self-appraisal. It helped me realize I was a good person down on himself for no reason other than habit.
I have fought this dragon, I have some weapons to share. It's a big dragon, and detailed examples help, so this is a long post. For even longer-form content, here are some books I can recommend:
Here are your weapons, in no particular order.
First: understand that you are not broken.
You are having a tough time deciding on a course for yourself. That's okay. You are having a tough time finding joy. That's okay too. You don't think "anything is worth it". That is okay, and it presents you with a goal: to find enough meaning that the effort will be worth it. That goal probably seems far fetched, but it is possible.
I used to think that I was broken. I used to think that the things people had done to me and the circumstances of my life had left irreparable harm. I was wrong, and you are wrong too. You are imbued with the same worthiness as every other human being, no matter what. You are worthy of love and happiness, you are worth respecting, you are worthy of having a supportive group of friends, your opinions are worth hearing. You deserve sincerity and honesty and you are allowed to fuck up.
You're also 20, and it is understandable if you don't know how to do most things, as you have never done most things more than once or twice, if ever. You can learn and improve yourself through effort. You are not broken.
Second: understand the difference between thoughts and actions and feelings.
When we have thoughts, they are not a direct experience of the world, they are a projection of reality into language. Thoughts are "said" by your internal narrator, which is part of you, but not all of you. Deliberate or practiced (i.e. automatic but not reflexive) actions are the physical equivalent of thoughts.
Feelings are a direct experience of your physical body: you feel hungry, you feel tired, you feel a tight muscle in your back, you feel anxious. Babies without language feel these things too. These feelings are part of you, but not all of you, because they are temporary.
If you have never paid attention to your thoughts vs. feelings, that's okay. But self-awareness is a powerful ability, and will make your life a lot easier, and it can be learned.
Third: upward spirals.
Feelings naturally become thoughts and actions. We practice it all our lives. An aching pain becomes "Ow, I should stop.", a feeling of abandonment becomes "They don't want to talk to me". Your mapping is not fixed and can be improved with practice: marathon runners translate their aches into "I should change my form," social people translate their feelings of abandonment into "I miss them, I'll reach out and see if they want to talk".
No feelings->thought translation is "better" or "worse" than any other, there are only "upward" and "downward" spirals. Upward spirals are mappings where negative feelings lead to thoughts and actions that tend to lead to positive feelings; downward spirals are mappings where positive feelings lead to thoughts and actions that tend to lead to negative feelings.
So, you want to learn to work in upward spirals. This means you need to be willing to try difficult things, and risk failure, which is scary but not fatal, and infinitely rewarding. If you are risk-averse, that's okay. You can take as small a risk as you are comfortable with, it will develop a sort of meta-confidence about your ability to handle future risky situations.
Read this book.
If you want to get "better" then you have to be willing to invest the time and effort to work on yourself. Also, taking a break from cannabis is a very good idea. I think that those "professionals" did a very bad thing by trying to tell you that your cannabis use is the sole root cause of your issues, but I do think they're right in advising you to take a break from it. Best of luck from someone who's been in the exact same place that you are right now.
Yeah, IANAD, but mild depression fits those symptoms. I have a book for you. Recommended to me by my therapist, who has met the author a couple of times. Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy. After one evening's reading, I felt a weight lifting off of me. Dr. Burns gives readers the tools to beat depression, even years later.
It's been in print for over twenty years, so it's in your local library.
I link that way so people can read the reviews and a piece of the book.
This isn’t specifically for dealing with a toddler, but this book has helped me with coping and life perspective. I have a three year old, so I can say it does also help in those crazy toddler situations.
My friend who is a doctor also gives this to his patients.
Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy
By David D Burns, MD
This is terribly defeatist advise for a 15 year old with anxiety (a very common problem that affects many people, and does not stop them from pursuing and succeeding in challenging professions).
I would advise:
Anxiety sucks, but it doesn't have to stop you from doing what you want. Learn how to manage your anxiety. Check out this book, it's not for everyone, but it really helped me learn to manage my anxiety. It takes time, but those techniques really can help, and while a predisposition towards anxiety may never fully go away, if you learn how to manage it, it need not stop you from reaching your goals. Additionally, if you can see a therapist, especially a therapist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, go see one, and if advised by your therapist or doctor, consider medication.
I would also say:
Good job focusing on math and science, and good job looking for opportunities to prepare yourself for your future plans now. If you have time, you may also consider working as a dog walker/house sitter in your neighborhood. Try putting up fliers at the park and the supermarket. As a pet sitter, make sure to always show up when you say you are going to, no matter what, and make sure you respect your clients' wishes with their animals and their houses and you will quickly develop a good name for yourself.
Next year, you'll be old enough to get a job at a veterinarians office as a kennel hand -- your experience and good references volunteering (and maybe dog sitting), and your interest in science will make you a good candidate for these kinds of jobs.
If you get a job at a veterinary office pay attention, be polite, and work hard. Veterinarians have a lot of discretion about who gets to help with interesting work and who only gets to clean, and a good letter of recommendation from a veterinarian could help you get into the college you want.
If you don't get a job at a veterinary office, no worries, there are plenty of animal care and science related jobs available, even for a 16 year old. Even if you just end up working at your neighborhood ice cream shop, a reference who says you are conscientious and hard working will help you move to a job that is more in line with your interests later.
When you do go to college, take some classes in other fields and explore what careers are available. It's totally awesome to know what you want to do when you start college, but the first few years of college are also a great time to explore your options and see what kinds of things interest you that you may have never tried before. If you think you might like a particular career, find out how hard it is to get decent paying work in that career. Even if a particular profession sounds fun, not being able to make ends meet really takes the fun out of anything.
I have given people many copies of it over the years, with no bad results and a few good to very good ones.
I'd recommend seeing a therapist and developing a treatment plan together. It's a practical way to identify what you are worrying about, why and how to overcome it. Then, I'd encourage you to learn more about personalities and your personality type. There are a bunch of 'personality type' systems out there, but the Enneagram is one of the least specific in its 'typing' and most useful in its insights.
- The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge (https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Enneagram-Paths-Greater-Self...)
- Feeling Good (https://www.amazon.com/Feeling-Good-New-Mood-Therapy/dp/0380...)
Feeling Good is by David Burns, a Stanford professor who developed Cognitive Behavior Therapy. CBT is a way to identify and manage your thoughts. It sounds like you are a 'fortune telling' type of person and you try to read your crystal ball and then act on those assumptions rather than what you know. Burns goes into how to identify those types of thoughts, how to refute them and how to mitigate their effects.